Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) make a large jump or sudden movement, do or achieve something in a sudden way
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    • leap at an opportunity
  • Analysis

    To 'leap' means to jump or move a long way with height or energy or to jump over or across something. To leap can also mean to move suddenly or act in an eager or enthusiastic way. You can leap to respond for example, or leap at an opportunity. You can also use 'leap' to describe a dramatic jump or increase in sales, price or an amount of something. If something is apparent or noticeable you can say that it 'leaps out'. as a noun, a leap is a jump or series of jumps or hops. A frog leaps, for example. A leap is also a significant change or improvement such as a 'leap of imagination' or a 'leap to a different topic'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The actor leapt to fame after landing a major role in the successful movie franchise.
    2. Police say that witnesses saw the suspect leap into a waiting car and take off after the robbery.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The stock market leapt ten points after the result of the election was announced.
    2. In my job interview I said that I would leap at the opportunity to work for their company.
    3. David leaped to his friend's defence when he felt that the boss had unfairly criticised her.
    4. Our sales numbers continue to grow, leaping 25% in the last quarter.
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